Sacha inchi seed has been called 'The King of Superfood' of the next era because of its high content of essential fatty acids omega-3 linolenic acid (ALA) and amino acids. It grows in the highlands of Peru and produces a seed that tastes like a nut when roasted. The seed is naturally high in protein, digestible, high quality, and non-animal protein with the amino acid require for humans. It’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as omega-6s and omega-9s. It also contains calcium, Vitamin A and antioxidants vitamin E.
The seeds of sacha inchi have high protein (27%) and oil (35 - 60%) content, and the oil is rich in the essential fatty acids omega-3 linolenic acid (≈45-53% of total fat content) and omega-6 linoleic acid (≈34-39% of fat content), as well as omega-9 (≈6-10% of fat content).*
Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E are vital to healthy skin and hair. They help us regulate skin oil production, keep skin elastic, lock in hydration, protect against sun damage, and help repair damage when it occurs.**
Sacha Inchi is a calcium rich food which is important part for bone-healthy lifestyle.
*Guillén, María D.; Ainhoa Ruiz; Nerea Cabo; Rosana Chirinos; Gloria Pascual (August 2003). "Characterization of sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis L.) oil by FTIR spectroscopy and 1H NMR. Comparison with linseed oil". Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 80 (8):
** J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Jun 4;62(22):5191-7. doi: 10.1021/jf500936j. Epub 2014 May 23.